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Jubilee (1978)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | September 1979 (USA)
Queen Elisabeth I travels 400 years into the future to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London overrun by corruption and a vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Queen Elizabeth I / Bod
... Crabs (as Little Nell)
... Mad
Jordan ... Amyl Nitrite
Hermine Demoriane ... Chaos
... Angel
... Sphinx
Linda Spurrier ... Viv
Neil Kennedy ... Max
Jack Birkett ... Borgia Ginz (as Orlando)
Jayne County ... Lounge Lizard (as Wayne County)
... John Dee
... Ariel (as David Haughton)
Helen Wellington-Lloyd ... Lady in Waiting
... Kid
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From the distant 16th century, Queen Elisabeth I summons the spirit Ariel with the aid of the court's alchemist, the sage Doctor John Dee, to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London drowned in filth and plagued with crime. As a result, the Queen horrified with the vivid vision of a broken-down British Empire, asks to travel beyond the veil of time, some 400 years into the future, to see firsthand, that in this futuristic and horrendous new order, the capital is overrun by a corrupt police and that an autonomous vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk, Bod, has declared a multi-levelled open war. Now that Britain is practically a wasteland, where is her Majesty, the righteous Queen Elisabeth II? Written by Nick Riganas

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Sex, drugs and punk rock. Add violence and time travel and you have Jubilee. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Music

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£200,000 (estimated)
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Toyah Willcox chose the character of Mad while leafing through the script, finding that that character had the most lines. See more »

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After the policemen shoot Angel and Sphinx dead, Sphinx's eyes blink before the camera cuts away. See more »

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Crabs: Why don't you take up embroidery, Bod?
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Referenced in The Gospel According to St Derek (2014) See more »

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Plastic Surgery
Performed by Adam and the Ants
Written by Adam Ant (as Ant)
Produced by Danny Beckermann and Wil Malone
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Weird and wonderful
30 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Jarman uses real people and places. He had an eye for the beauty of gardens planted with plastic flowers, wastelands with grass and daisies waving in the wind, Westminster Cathedral, people like Toyah, Jordan, Helen the dwarf. It's subversive on many levels, being a celebration of bisexuality and fetishism ("This is Chaos, our au pair!"). Jarman himself can be spotted once. I love Jordan's history lessons, read in an immature voice, and the fact that people sound off at length. In some ways the film or even punk itself was a protest against the obliteration or rewriting of history (note Jordan's old-fashioned twinset and pearls). Non-standard people are allowed to be beautiful and sexy - both Jordan and Toyah are pretty overweight. Jordan's obscene rendition of Rule Britannia is a show stopper. Over 20 years later, capitalism is still with us but Derek Jarman sadly is not. xxx


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